Kapi-Mana News : October 30th 2012
40 KAPI-MANA NEWS, OCTOBER 30, 2012 SPORT www.harcourts.co.nz Team MKH Ltd Harcourts Building Dolly Varden Crescent Mana 04 233 9233 www.paremata.harcourts.co.nz Contributor to realestate.co.nz Auction Thursday 15th Nov from Midday, Harcourts Auction Rooms, Coastlands, Paraparaumu. (Vendor reserves the right to sell prior) View www.harcourts.co.nz/PE6317 Open Sunday 2.15 - 2.45pm Andy Cooling P 0800 468 738 M 027 583 6444 E firstname.lastname@example.org Team MKH Ltd Licensed Agent REAA 2008 3111 The vendors are keen to dispose of their investment property leaving this "oh so convenient" 3 bedroom single level family home to enjoy. Neat as a pin and enjoying modern kitchen, open plan living, conservatory that flows out to sundrenched deck and separate studio. Motivation is the key here! It's time to go! Call Andy on 0800 468738 for your time to view. An Outstanding Opportunity! Whitby 25 Hicks Close Hostile environment SPORTS TALK JOSEPH ROMANOS The term hostile environment'' can mean many different things in sport. However, it's undoubtedly accu- rate to say the 2013 New Zealand Davis Cup tennis team will be venturing into a hostile environment. The New Zealanders travel to Beirut in February to take on Lebanon. If they survive that, they progress to a tie in Pakistan. There are many times in sport when visiting teams or players are made to feel less than welcome. I once attended a Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal football match and the ill-feeling between rival supporters was palpable. It's the same or worse in other great foot- ball rivalries -- Celtic v Rangers, Brazil v Argentina, Barcelona v Real Madrid, Inter Milan v Juventus, Czech Republic v Slov- akia and so on. Davis Cup ties are sometimes played in difficult spots. Czech players Ivan Lendl and Tomas Smid were so appalled by the Paraguayan spectators' behaviour in Asuncion in 1983 that they clambered into the stands to deal to them. New Zealand cricketers have returned from India with tales of firecrackers being let off as the bowler delivered a ball, and mir- rors reflecting light into the eyes of visiting batsmen. More threateningly, New Zea- lander Kevin Barry had bottles and chairs thrown at him after his victory by disqualification over American favourite Evander Holyfield at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. All that pales compared to what visiting cricket teams, including New Zealand, have had to contend with when touring Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Two bomb explosions in Sir Lanka prematurely terminated New Zealand tours there and another caused the abandonment of New Zealand's 2002 tour of Pakistan. In 2009 the Sri Lankan team was shot at while on a bus in Lahore. The task ahead for the tennis players is at least as frightening. Beirut, where intelligence official Wissam al-Hassan has just been assassinated in a car bomb explosion, is again becoming a battlefield for anti- and pro- Syrian fighters. And international sport in Pakistan has virtually ceased because of security concerns. The New Zealand Davis Cup team lost to Uzbekistan, India and Chinese Taipei this year and have been relegated to the Asia Oceania Group II section, along- side Sri Lanka and the Philippines. It's another indication of how tennis has plummeted in New Zealand. Brian Fairlie, Onny Parun, Chris Lewis, Kelly Evernden and Brett Steven were once genuine New Zealand sports personalities. Their matches, including eight years in the pres- tigious Davis Cup world group, drew big crowds and television audiences. If Artem Sitak, Daniel King- Turner, Michael Venus and Rubin Statham -- today's Davis Cup squad -- walked down Queen St or Lambton Quay holding tennis rackets, few would give them a second glance. We're a long way removed from the heady days of 1982, when we made the Davis Cup semi-final. Now New Zealand has a Davis Cup ranking of 42nd, barely ahead of Pakistan (53) and Lebanon (69). Instead of contemplating meet- ing great players in famous ven- ues, the New Zealanders will be scanning the news pages to read about Middle Eastern and Asian wars, random bombings, slaugh- ter and mayhem. That is truly what I would call a hostile environment. Homecoming queen: New Zealand mountainbike representative Rosara Joseph enjoys Mount Victoria's trails. Glad to be home By JIM CHIPP Rosara Joseph has come home from the mud and grind of inter- national mountain bik- ing to settle in Wellington. The Melbourne Com- monwealth Games cross-country moun- tainbike silver medal- list plans to resume her other career -- in law. Joseph hails from Christchurch where, as a gym class leader she was known as the Queen of Spin. She said she liked Wellington and it held better job opportunities for her. I like riding around here,'' she said. It's incredible moun- tain biking. Last time I came here I was so impressed by the trails and the people working on them. Such a mixture -- some that are really manicured and some that are raw and rooty. It's fun and a good mountainbiking scene as well.'' A former Rhodes Scholar, Joseph attained a PhD in law and science from Oxford. She hopes to find a job in cen- tral government and looks forward to spending a summer mountainbiking in the capital. Recently, Rosara has turned her hand to enduro racing in Europe. She was the third woman to fin- ish in the seven-day Trans Prov- ence race and 33rd overall. The Trans Provence held in France early this month is 280 kilometre long and includes 9000 metres of climbing and 14,000m of descents. It included 23 timed, single-track sprints. It was good to have a change, she said. They are definitely big days on the bike. You spend quite a long time on the bike and then you just race little snippets.''
October 23rd 2012
November 6th 2012